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Talking transit, from hot-button CTA politics to charming Kenosha streetcars.
Look, you’re already here at my podcast, right? So you’re probably kind of a dork, right? And your ears perked up when I said “public transit”, didn’t they? I thought so.
Transit is especially a thing here in Chicago at the moment because of the recent CTA cuts, which came into effect in February. I called up my friend Kevin Zolkiewicz, a dedicated transit wonk who runs ChicagoBus.org, and we met up for coffee and wonkery.
ETA: Kevin just wrote in to correct himself re: the streetcars we talked about near the end of the episode:
I should note one correction regarding PCC streetcars. They actually weren’t a government thing, but rather were designed by a committee of street car operators. I got confused with the “State of the Art” rail car design commissioned by the FTA in the 1970s.